Lawyer for man arrested in Project Traveller raids fighting to see Rob Ford video

Above: Lawyers fighting to view Rob Ford video. Sean Mallen reports. 

TORONTO – One of the men photographed with Rob Ford outside what police call a notorious crack house was in court Friday, fighting to see two videos seized by police – one of which is believed to show the mayor smoking what may be crack cocaine.

Justice Ian Nordheimer could view the video as early as Tuesday.

Mohammad Khattak’s lawyer Daniel Brown argued the video files are “relevant disclosure” that may help his client defend himself on the charges he faces in connection with the Project Traveller raids of suspected gun and drug traffickers.

Ford has called for the video to be released several times since Police Chief Bill Blair said its contents are “consistent” with media reports of a crack video. He continued to call for its release after admitting – after months of denial – that he had smoked crack cocaine but was hazy on the details.

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Police have said they can’t: It’s evidence in a case against Ford’s friend Sandro Lisi.

“We did call [Ford’s lawyer] Dennis Morris and said ‘Come join us in this application if you truly want to see this video,’” Brown said.  “We haven’t heard back from him but we heard through the media, he was too busy to be here today.”

ABOVE: Daniel Brown, Mohammad Khattak’s lawyer, argues the video files are “relevant disclosure” that may help his client defend himself on the charges he faces

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Next week an Ontario judge is expected to decide whether remaining portions of the Alexander “Sandro” Lisi documents that revealed Ford’s ties and covert meetings with an alleged drug dealer can be released.

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Brown, Khattak’s lawyer, is tweeting his arguments from the courtroom: 

-with files from The Canadian Press

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